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3    Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the Pardon and amendmentsinner. God is not separate from the wis6dom He bestows. The talents He gives we must improve. Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition 9that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence.

    To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means 12of destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed. To reach 15heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

    “God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask, 18higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. To Mercy without partialitysuppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or un21sought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

    Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it 24out. Of a sick woman he said that Satan had bound Divine severityher, and to Peter he said, “Thou art an offence unto me.” He came teaching and 27showing men how to destroy sin, sickness, and death. He said of the fruitless tree, “[It] is hewn down.”

    It is believed by many that a certain magistrate, 30who lived in the time of Jesus, left this record: “His rebuke is fearful.” The strong language of our Master confirms this description.

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